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Utica man sent to prison for Lowville Walmart thefts

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LOWVILLE — A Utica man accused of twice stealing merchandise from the Lowville Walmart was sentenced in Lewis County Court to five to 10 years in state prison.

John N. Makuch, 63, was sentenced, as a second-felony offender, to a pair of consecutive prison terms of 2 to 5 years and $750 in court fees on two counts of third-degree burglary, to which he pleaded guilty June 7.

He was also ordered to stay out of Walmart stores for the rest of his life.

Mr. Makuch was implicated in thefts on Jan. 15 and 25 at the Lowville store involving many razors and DVDs.

Also in Lewis County Court Friday:

Brian G. Aikens, 52, Plattsburgh, was sentenced to two to four years in prison and $375 in court fees on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving, to which he pleaded guilty June 10.

Mr. Aikens in May 2012 was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase along Route 3 in the town of Diana — in the midst of a flight from Plattsburgh that eventually ended with his arrest at a bar in West Carthage — during which he drove at 90 mph in 30- and 55-mph zones.

Scott A. Danforth, 41, of 5770 Swiss Road, Castorland, was sentenced to 113 to 4 years in prison, five years’ probation, a $2,000 fine, a one-year driver’s license revocation, $570 in court fees and mandatory participation in ignition interlock and victim impact panel programs and a charge of felony driving while intoxicated, to which he pleaded guilty June 7.

Judge Daniel R. King also recommended he be entered into the state prison system’s 90-day Willard Drug Rehabilitation Program, if he qualifies.

The program allows inmates who successfully complete it to serve the remainder of their prison sentences under parole supervision.

Mr. Danforth was stopped on March 31 on Route 126 in the town of Croghan.

Marcus S. Borggreen, 19, was sentenced to one year in county jail, $1,540 in shared restitution and $375 in court fees on a charge of third-degree criminal mischief, to which he pleaded guilty June 14. He was accused of helping to damage control panels July 27 at North Country Car Wash in Lyons Falls.

Kathleen M. Kraeger, 47, of 3114 West St., Constableville, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She was then entered into the county’s Drug Court program. Ms. Kraeger was stopped May 31 on West Main Street in Constableville.

Dallas M. Church, 18, of 2054 Route 194, Copenhagen, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree grand larceny and pleaded guilty to the charge. He was then placed on interim conditions of probation, with sentencing adjourned for one year. He was accused of stealing $40,000 from Wanda Bush-Muncy during the month of May in the town of Denmark.

Sharon M. Lyng, 58, of 718 Nellis Road, Watertown, was arraigned on a charge of second-degree promoting prison contraband and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for Oct. 18. Ms. Lyng was accused of having tobacco and matches at county jail on May 25.

Robert P. Forsythe, 29, of 5789 Swiss Road, Castorland, was arraigned on a DWI charge and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for Sept. 20. He was stopped May 18 on Route 126 in the town of Croghan.

Timothy F. Gaba Jr., 26, Lowville, had sentencing on a charge of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance adjourned to Sept. 6. He pleaded guilty to the charge May 31. Mr. Gaba was accused of selling Adderall in December 2011 and January 2012.

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